The World Water Day 2022 is just a few days away. This year, the theme for the special day is Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible. Every year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater or a resource that we should all cherish before it depletes completely. Here’s what you need to know about it.
How is the World Water Day Theme Decided?
The theme of World Water Day is decided every year after a set process. UN-Water Members and partners propose the annual theme about two to three years in advance. This year, the theme was finalized in Rome last week. The theme finalized this year was proposed by IGRAC. The 30th meeting of UN-Water was held in Rome, Italy, at the headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). More than 50 delegates of UN-water members and partners and 23 observers from different governments and organizations marked their presence at the meeting.
The theme wasn’t decided in one day. A brainstorming session was conducted at a previous UN-water meeting held in Stockholm. Even an online poll was conducted among the UN water organizations. 15 proposed themes were discussed during these meetings, and the poll was also conducted to shortlist a few names. After the voting, the top two themes were “Valuing Water” and “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible.”
The former was selected as the World Water Day theme for 2021, while the latter was chosen for World Water Day 2022.
Why is Groundwater the Focus?
Many of you might be wondering why groundwater is the focus of the World Water Day 2022 theme. The simple answer is that groundwater is an essential resource that provides about half of all drinking water across the globe. Also, about 40% of all water for irrigated agriculture is groundwater. Even 1/3 of water used for industries is groundwater.
Groundwater is also a vital resource because it sustains ecosystems, prevents land subsidies and seawater intrusion. It also maintains the baseflow of rivers. Groundwater is also a key component of the climate change adaption process. Also, it is the best solution for many people on the planet who don’t have access to safe water via their taps.
Groundwater plays a key role in our day-to-day lives, but still, it is out of sight and out of mind for most people. Human activities like population, economic growth, and climate variability constantly increase the pressure on groundwater resources. Excessive depletion and pollution issues are also reported from many parts of the world.
So, focusing on the invisible groundwater is a wise move for everyone on the planet. It is hoped that the World Water Day 2022 theme will help people focus more on this invisible resource, enhance their knowledge about it, and begin to collaborate on how to take care of the groundwater, which helps most people on the planet survive and thrive.
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